My Endurance Background
My first ever marathon was the Boston Marathon in 2009. It would not have been possible to run a sub 3:10 marathon to qualify there so I ran for charity raising $3,000 for The Esplanade Association whom maintain the waterfront along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. I didn’t choose one of the other charities available since none of them impacted me or was relevant to my personal life experiences.
Since that first endurance event I’ve competed in 26 Marathons including 7 ironman triathlons. Two of these endurance events were ultra-marathons including a 45KM and 50KM race in Australia. While competing in countless other running, swimming, cycling, and triathlon events from Boston to Hawaii, Canada to Australia, and Dubai to New Zealand, I have had the opportunity to live my life to the fullest and travel the world.
But, through this whole time, I haven’t given back. I haven’t really done something to honour, respect, and thank those that allow me to thrive as individual and enjoy the freedoms of our great country.
As a Raytheon employee, I work alongside the Navy, Army, and Air Force. These soldiers, my fellow Americans serve our country by choice, for love of their country. And they serve honourably. Of course, there are many other servicemen out there who are in war situations for months on end. Unfortunately, some of them have their entire lives changed in an instant when the enemy strikes.
Often times many of these inspiring individuals come home with wounds you can and can’t see, like a missing limb, combat stress, or depression. Because they’ve risked everything for us, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for these wounded service members and their caregivers: for those that chose to serve country.
I am proud and thankful to once again be embarking on another Ironman journey. But this time, benefiting an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has a big, audacious goal: to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. I’m challenging myself to help WWP reach this vision, and I need your help.
WWP offers 20 holistic programs to wounded service members and their caregivers completely free of charge and 100% of the funds raised through this event go directly to Wounded Warrior Project to help fuel these programs.
The 2016 Ironman Cairns triathlon in Queensland, Australia to be held 12-June-2016, is a one day endurance event that starts with a 2.4 mile swim, then includes a 112 mile bike ride, and finishes with a 26.2 mile marathon. The total distance being 140.6 miles. I have established my initial goal of $1,406 since $140.60 is just not enough to say thank you and give back to those that have sacrificed and experienced only what we may watch in: American Sniper, The Hurt Locker, and Lone Survivor.
$14.06 – Silver Star Donation
$140.60 – Medal of Honor Donation
$1,406.00 – Purple Heart Donation
NOTE: 100% of proceeds will be going to WWP. This is not a personal fundraiser to buy another bike. Thank you so much for your support.